Sheep statue crushed by tree at Bignor

Crushed - The massive 150 year old oak tree growing next to  Bignor Park, which came down mysteriously on a windless day and crushing the Park's sheep sculpture.''C121391-2 Mid Oak Crash  Photo Louise Adams
Crushed - The massive 150 year old oak tree growing next to Bignor Park, which came down mysteriously on a windless day and crushing the Park's sheep sculpture.''C121391-2 Mid Oak Crash Photo Louise Adams
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This sad image depicts a cherished sheep statue, tragically crushed by a unforgiving oak tree.

The large tree fell at Bignor Gardens and crushed one of two sheep statues in its path.

Joanna Lady Mersey said: “We have had the two sheep statues for three or four years now and they are just wonderful. Last Wednesday (October 10) one of the oaks came crashing down at around 5.30am and crushed one of the poor sheep.

“One is fine, but the other is rather squashed.

“The picture might encourage visitors who are intrigued to see a huge fallen oak!”

The two black sheep were made for Bignor Park by Bosham sculptress Willow Legge.

Joanna continued: “We will have to see if we can have another sculpture made. The sheep are made out of fibreglass and metal, and there are only 10 of them around.”

The oak tree that fell down was believed to have been around 300 years old.

“We hope the fallen oak will encourage people to come and visit our wonderful gardens, and it is nice to be able to show the place off.”

The garden, which is 11 acres, offers sculptures, flowers, a Zen pond, woodland paths, and now the comical but sad tableau of the crushed statue and the fallen oak.

Bignor Park is open for visitors every Wednesday in October from 2pm to 5pm.